August start for construction of Parkhurst Town Centre
PARKHURST Town Centre's developer says work will begin in the coming months, with an expected start date of late August, early September.
The plans for the development originally predicted construction of the 8500 sq m shopping complex in Boundary Rd would have already started by this time but as a result of Cyclone Marcia, the approval from Queensland Fire and Rescue Services was delayed.
AHC Limited managing director and the centre's developer, Rod MacLeod, confirmed yesterday that all local and state approvals had now been received and that the project was in the shovel-ready phase.
"Unfortunately we (AHC) incurred a further unexpected delay in receiving final approvals of the Yaamba Rd/Bruce Hwy works which was only received on March, 17," Mr MacLeod said.
"Further to that, AHC Limited did not receive final building approval until April, 24 as a result of delays in receiving the QFRS approval for the building at Parkhurst.
"We appreciate the community has waited a long time for this project and we intend on delivering it to service the day-to-day and weekly shopping needs of the 14,000 people in the Parkhurst and surrounding communities."
AHC Limited has owned the Parkhurst site since December 2012 after buying it for $3.55 million.
Mr MacLeod said the company had spent the past two years designing and gaining approvals.
"We've spent $1 million to date to get it fully designed and approved, we've spent a lot of money getting it here so we will deliver," he said.
"The Rockhampton Council and local businesses have been in contact with us and have been really helpful in this process.
"Interest in the project and leasing inquiries has certainly gained momentum and the AHC Limited leasing team is visiting Rockhampton now on a regular fortnightly basis, which will continue right up until the first bulldozer hits the site later this year.
"We anticipate that the construction of the Parkhurst Town Centre will be approximately a 10 to 12-month build with weather permitting."
Anyone interested in the project can contact AHC Limited on 5573 2666.
PARKHURST TOWN CENTRE:
- More than 35 specialty stores, including an on-site medical and fitness centre.
- 200 construction workers will be employed in the building phase.
- The total size of the site is 3.1 hectares.
- There will be 420 car parks.